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    First American Edition of Mary Poppins

    P. L. Travers. Mary Poppins. Illustrated by Mary Shepard. New York: Reynal & Hitchcock, [1934].

    First American edition of the author's first book (published the same year as the first English edition). Octavo (7.375 x 4.875 inches; 188 x 123 mm.). [6], ix-xii, 206 pages. Text illustrations.

    Original light blue cloth pictorially stamped and lettered in dark blue on front cover and lettered in dark blue on spine. Top edge stained red. Pictorial endpapers. Light rubbing to corners and spine extremities, spine and board edges very slightly faded, a few areas of slight discoloration to cloth. Some very occasional minor marginal soiling or staining. Short tear to the upper blank margin of pp. 59/60. A very good copy. In the original reddish brown pictorial dust jacket. The jacket has a few small chips and tears and the spine is slightly faded, but is totally untouched. Housed in a red cloth chemise and quarter red morocco slipcase lettered in gilt on spine (stamp-signed on the chemise liner: "Bound by J. Desmonts / J. Mac Donald Co. / Norwalk, Conn.").

    "First published in 1934 with illustrations by Mary Shepard, daughter of E. H. Shepard. The Banks family acquire as nursemaid Mary Poppins, who refuses to give references, dictates her own terms for the job, and possesses certain surprising talents: she can slide up the banisters, walk into a picture drawn by her friend Bert, understand the speech of dogs, and, with the aid of a compass, travel round the world in a matter of seconds. Jane and Michael, the two elder Banks children, have the time of their life with her, and are desolate when one day the wind blows her away again as abruptly as it brought her into their lives. The first book was followed by Mary Poppins Comes Back (1935), Mary Poppins Opens the Door (1943), and Mary Poppins in the Park (1952)...After a 30-year gap, Miss Travers resumed the Poppins saga in 1982 with Mary Poppins in Cherry Tree Lane. The continuing fame of Mary Poppins is largely the result of the 1964 Disney film of the stories, with Julie Andrews in the title role, which has continued to be remembered largely because of its songs" (The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature).

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